GREENSBORO — Rod Broadway tried to keep things in perspective Saturday after his first spring football game as N.C. A&T’s football coach.
“It’s only been 15 days,” Broadway said, noting that many of his players are adjusting to a new system and a new coaching staff for the third time in four years.
“Our goal is simple,” Broadway said. “We’re just going to get better. We’re going to get it turned around. I don’t know how much time that will take us because we’re down so far when you talk about scholarships and (Academic Progress Rate). But once we get our scholarships back, we’ll be OK.”
In Saturday’s controlled scrimmage at Aggie Stadium, the defense clearly was ahead of the offense. After A&T ran 100 plays, the gold-jerseyed defense had recorded four turnovers and four three-and-outs to come away with a 26-10 win over the blue-clad offense.
Defensive back Travis Crosby and linebacker Ben Binder led the defense with eight tackles apiece. Crosby also forced and recovered a fumble. D’Vonte Graham, who led the MEAC in interceptions last season, had one Saturday.
“I thought our defense played fairly well,” Broadway said.
Who wasn’t playing on offense was as notable as who was. First-team All-MEAC running back Mike Mayhew (back injury) did not play. Also on the sideline was quarterback Lewis Kindle, who missed all of last season with a knee injury. Kindle is still recovering from October 2010 surgery and has not been cleared to play.
His absence left the quarterbacking duties in the hands of Terrence Webb and Ricky Lewis. The two alternated possessions, and both saw their passing numbers hurt by drops. Lewis, a Dudley alumnus, accounted for 80 yards on 8-for-19 passing with a TD and an interception.
Chauncey Burgess rushed for 118 yards on 20 carries, and Larry Raper added 71 yards on 17 rushes with a TD.